Zealous, brutal, and loyal to his religious heritage—This was how the book of Acts introduced the man known as Saul of Tarsus, the same man who quietly cheered and witnessed the stoning death of Stephen, Christianity’s first martyr.
Few Bible stories are as intriguing as Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. Through the power of Jesus Christ, a man who had been a hate-filled villain became a love-filled hero. By surrendering completely to Jesus, Paul became one of the greatest ambassadors of the gospel throughout the world.
The story of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus is told in Acts Chapter 9 and retold in Paul’s words in Acts Chapter 22. Saul of Tarsus, a Pharisee in Jerusalem after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, became focused on a mission to eradicate the new Christian church, called ‘The Way’. Saul secured letters from the religious authority allowing him to arrest and incarcerate any followers of Jesus in the city of Damascus.
On the Road to Damascus, Saul was struck down by a blinding light—Hearing a voice that said, “Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:4) When Saul asked who was speaking, the voice replied: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be given direction on what you must do.” (Acts 9:5-6).
Join us this week at Sedona United Methodist Church as the Rev. Fred Mast shares an inspired message entitled “Lord, I Want to See”. Sunday mornings we enter the spirit of in-person worship at 9:30am featuring meaningful and uplifting music, special times of prayer and passionate life changing messages designed to move you closer in your relationship with Jesus Christ and others. We look forward to seeing you! We also offer an amazing Spirit Filled On-Line Worship experience each week accessed at www.sedonaumc.org.
Sedona UMC offers several weekly book and bible studies: Tuesday’s @ 2PM Adult Studies at “The Gathering Place” in West Sedona; Wednesday’s Men’s Bible Study at 9am; and Thursday’s Women’s Bible Study at 9:45am. We offer so many great missions, ministries, and fellowship opportunities at Sedona UMC—Visit our website at us on www.sedonaumc.org and “Like” us on Facebook.
We would love to pray for you! —Prayer requests may be submitted online or by calling us at 928-282-1780. We are conveniently located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona. All are welcome at Sedona UMC—We look forward to seeing you!—Come and grow with us!